North Carolina FC U23 Falls 3-0 to Myrtle Beach

Jul 11, 2017
CARY, N.C. (July 11, 2017) – North Carolina FC U23 dropped a 3-0 decision to the Myrtle Beach Munity on Tuesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
After a quick start to the match with chances from both sides, Myrtle Beach scored two quick goals to take a 2-0 lead by the 23rd minute. Michael Lightbourne tallied the first goal in the 20th minute after getting past the NCFCU23 defense on the right flank. Lightbourne then provided the assist on the second goal. After the Munity won a free kick on the edge of the box, Lightbourne tapped the ball to Michael Peprah, who’s shot found the back of the net after traveling through a crowded penalty area.
NCFCU23 broke down the Munity defense throughout the match, but excellent goalkeeping from Erich Marscheider denied the hosts on its scoring chances. Marscheider produced several point-black saves in the second half, while Ryan Spaulding also had a shot bounce off the post.
Myrtle Beach extended its lead in the 79th minute when Tobenna Uzo muscled his way past the NCFC defensive line. The forward finished a pass from Nicolas Kalakoutis from close range for the goal. The visitors finished off the final 11 minutes of the match to clinch the shutout.
  • Alex Rose, who wrapped up his career with the Capital Area RailHawks Academy in June, made his home debut, coming on as a sub in the 38th minute.
  • Will Pulisic, who is set to join Duke University in the fall, also made his home debut for NCFCU23, playing the full 90 minutes in goal.
  • NCFCU23’s game-day roster featured six former Capital Area RailHawks in Cody Brinkman, Vinnie Durand, Jamil Gracia, Nick Retzlaff, Rose and Ryan Spaulding.
  • NCFCU23 will conclude its season Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. against the Charlotte Eagles at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Box Score:
NCFCU23: Will Pulisic, Christop Schuneuwly, Jamil Garcia, Matt Arnone (Cooper Duplantis 46’), Chase Rhode; Cody Brinkman ©, Nick Retzlaff (Ian Bennett 75’) Cameron Steele (Fernando Castellanos 60’), Ryan Spaulding (Steve Pouna 83’), Baboucar Njie (Alex Rose 38); Damien Thomas (Arty Kouzine 83’)
Subs not used: Vinnie Durand
MBM: Erich Marscheider; Alex Nelson ©, Ridge Robinson, Michael Peprah, Nicolas Marcano (Jon Ander Ibarrondo 70’); Joao Delgato, Michael Lightbourne, Yuta Yamamoto (Ricardo Gomez 46’) Benjamin Strong, (Nicolas Kalakoutis 62’); Luke Williams (Brahan Gamarra 46’), Tobenna Uzo (Cylus Sandoval 79’)
Subs not used: Kenneth Perkinson
NCFCU23: 0
MBM: 3
NCFCU23: --
MBM: Michael Lightbourne (Joao Delgato, 20’), Michael Peprah (Michael Lightbourne 23’) Tobenna Uzo, (Nicolas Kalakoutis 79’)
NCFC: --
MBM: Nicolas Marcano 45’ Michael Peprah 90’
NCFCU23: --
MBM: --

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